Plug won’t go into outlet

Plug won’t go into outlet. Your plug may not enter the outlet if you are using a tamper-resistant outlet.

The tamper-resistant outlets need to have something inside them to be opened. The prongs of the plug may be too wide or even too close for them to enter the outlet.

I brought all my electronics stuff to my new house as it was just built recently. The outlets were new, and all the wiring was done accurately.

I wanted to plug my TV into the outlet to rest and relax, but as I tried to insert the pug inside the outlet, it didn’t go in.

I decided to check my plug and the outlet closely to know if the fault was in the outlet or if the plug was not suitable for the outlet. I found reasons for the plug not getting in the outlet on the internet and was able to insert mine.

Plug won’t go into outlet

Having new outlets gives you the thrill of plugging all your appliances into them, but the new outlets and even the old outlets sometimes become useless to us when the plugs cannot be inserted into them.

Having your outlets empty just because you are unable to plug the switch in them is definitely annoying; the outlets that cannot be used are not needed at all.

You are thinking of why the plugs cannot be inserted into the outlet; they are simple. The plugs are not inserted into the outlets because the outlets are not suitable for the plugs.

The prongs of the plug may be too wide apart for the outlet. The receptacles can be of different shapes. You may be inserting the plug through the wrong angle.

The outlet is maybe tamper-resistant, so it’s hard. Read more below.

Wide Prongs

wide prongs

Let’s start with prongs and see why they are not fit for the outlet. The outlets require a certain amount of distance in the prongs that are enough for the plug to be inserted into them.

The distance of the outlet holes is only set with certainty by the company. The prongs come in different widths as well. The width here means the distance of the prongs from each other.

If you are not able to insert the plug, then check the prongs of your plug. You should also check if you are having a hard time plugging the outlet.

Check if the distance of the prongs in the outlet is wider than the outlet. If so, then you won’t be able to insert the plug even with force.

If the prongs are wide, just take a plier and try to close them a bit. Make enough closeness such that the prongs can be of the length of the plug. Do not use pliers with too much force, as the prongs can break.

Close prongs

close prongs

Well, if the prongs are not too far apart, the case with prongs can be the opposite. You may have pushed the prongs too close in the previous point.

The distance of the prongs, just like when wide, matters a lot. You may not have a lot of distance between the prongs, and maybe the distance of the prongs is too close.

You will need to pull the prongs of the plug to match the points of the outlet. You can use a plier to match the distance again.

Pulling the prongs of the plug apart is more difficult than pushing them closer, as the prongs are more likely to break when pulling rather than being pressed. Read more below. Be careful.

Different prongs/outlets

After the length of the prongs, or the width, has been set by you, the prongs should be entered, but sometimes the case you thought is the opposite of your problem.

The prongs are unable to insert been at the correct distance. The reason the prongs are not inserted into the outlet is that the outlet or the plug you are using is not suitable for each other. The plug and the outlet can have different shapes.

There are different steps of plugs and different types of outlets as well. Different outlets suit different plugs and can only be inserted in their specific place.

The plugs can be flat, while the outer may have round prong points. Or you may have a round plug with you, but the outer allows only flat plugs to be inserted. Check the outlet and match the points. Insert the plug if it matches.

Thick prongs

thick prong


Another problem with the wrongs is their thickness. The thickness of prongs, especially in the plugs with round prongs, matters a lot. The thicker the prongs, the more resistance the prongs will have.

Well, leave the resistance aside and back to the thickness of the prongs. The prongs that are thin will be easily insertable in the outlet, though the plugs with very thin prongs won’t remain in the outlet.

The thin prongs will come out as their size differs from the outlet, and they are not held by the outlet.

You may want to check the thickness of the prongs before insertion, as too-thick prongs are not suitable for some outlets.

Some outlets are made for normal size, or rather most. If thick prongs are your issue, you can get an extension that supports the thick prongs, and you can insert your plug into that extension to make it work.

Broken outlet

broken outlet

If the length, width, and even the thickness of the prongs were not the issue, then you are going to check the outlet. The outlet is an important factor for plugs as the size and length of the plugs.

The outlet can be a big culprit if your plug is unable to match the outlet. Well, the matching won’t make much of a difference sometimes as some plugs are able to be used even with other outlets.

Sometimes the case of the plus not getting into the outlet is because of a faulty outlet or rather an outlet that is broken. The plug requires you to have a good and strong outlet.

Most outlets break with time because of constant use, and pieces of the broken outlets remain in them; and you can not insert the plug in the broken outlet because the holes are closed.

Tamper-resistant outlets

tamper resistant outlets

Well, the problems with your outlet at this point have come to an end. Your outlet may not have a problem, and even the plug might be suitable for it.

The problem may be that you are using a tamper-resistant outlet. Like the name, they are tamper-resistant.

The tamper-resistant outlets are a special form of outlets that have covers on them, and you may be unable to plug them because of the covering.

You just need to adjust the angle of the plug while inserting them into the tamper-resistant outlets. Simply set the outlets and plugs with respective methods.


The prongs should be the first things that should be checked if the outlet is not getting plugged in.

Check the type of the outlet and the prongs features to know if they match. Broken outlets should be dealt with by complete replacements. Use better outlets. Thanks for reading!

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